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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryFinance 303: Financial Institutions & Markets has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging finance topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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|Course Progress||Best Score|
|Lesson 1 - Financial Institutions & Markets: Assignment 1 - Investment Plan|
The course objective is to present the subject of financial institutions & markets, touching on topics such as foundations of financial investments, the Federal Reserve System, interest rates, equity ownership, financial statement analysis, risk management, and financial regulations.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Assignments are intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. One assignment is required for this course. You can access them here.
- All assignment scores will total up to 100 points.
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- The instructor will provide a graded rubric for you along with feedback on what you did well and what could be improved.
- If you are unsatisfied with your score, you will be able to revise and resubmit your assignment(s) twice. You are free to resubmit an assignment within two weeks of your most recent exam attempt or at any point if you have an active college accelerator membership.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Explain the structure, function, and policymaking functions of the Federal Reserve System.
- Analyze the purposes and roles of various types of financial institutions within investment markets and domestic and global economies.
- Compare the basic features of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and debt instruments as investment vehicles.
- Analyze the efficiency of capital and investment markets.
- Evaluate the impact of Federal Reserve monetary policies and other government regulations on global financial markets.
- Apply common financial formulas to calculate interest rates, securities pricing and yields, and rates of return on investment.
- Evaluate risk exposure in a portfolio using mathematical calculations and gap management.
- Analyze ethical and legal dilemmas in the financial industry in accordance with current regulations.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Finance 303 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Finance 303: Financial Institutions & Markets by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Finance 303: Financial Institutions & Markets final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Foundations of Finance & Investment||Define fundamental terms for principles of corporate finance and investment markets; understand why there is a need for government regulation in finance.|
|The Federal Reserve System & Financial Institutions||Identify and explain the structure, function and policy-making functions of of the Federal Reserve System; assess the impact that the Federal Reserve has on financial institutions.|
|Interest Rates, Rate Changes, & Risk Structure||Describe the role of interest rates; assess the effects of rate change and risk structure; calculate interest rates, including the funds rate, real/nominal interest rates and short-term/long-term interest rates.|
|Understanding Financial Markets||Classify financial markets and compare different investment vehicles; explain the effect of federal policy on financial markets.|
|Basics of Financial Investments||Differentiate between several investment vehicles and explain the importance of ROI.|
|Equity Ownership & Risk Exposure||Define equity ownership, volatility, research and valuation; calculate index performance; predict and assess risk exposure using mathematical calculations and gap management.|
|Calculating Prices & Yields||Apply financial formulas to determine yields and prices of various securities; assess relationships involving supply/demand curves, shifts and equilibrium.|
|Principles of Financial Statement Analysis||Analyze the profitability, efficiency, capital adequacy, key ratios and liquidity of financial institutions.|
|Financial Risk Management & Mitigation||Evaluate risk and develop strategies to mitigate risk with swaps, insurance coverage and other risk management methods; explain the role of insurance and insurance companies in regards to the mitigation of investment risks.|
|Financial Regulation & Ethics||Analyze ethical and legal dilemmas in the financial industry in accordance with current regulations.|
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